Friday, December 29, 2017

What Is That Spot On The Back Of My China Pendant?

If you own a piece of my Dishfunctional Designs Broken China Jewelry, you might have noticed something on the reverse side of your china pendant. 

It's not on many of my pendants (and other jewelry pieces I make such as pin brooches and bracelets), but it is on a few. 

Every once in a while you will come across a small circular bump - what looks to be a dink - on the reverse side surface of the china. 

Hmmm. Mysterious. 

Can you guess what it is? 

Give up? 

It's called a stilt mark or a kiln spur, and it's a resting mark from where the plate once sat in the kiln when it was fired. You will usually find three of them on the reverse side of a plate. 

Yup, these little dinks and spots are actually a pretty interesting fact about the antique piece of the past that you now wear around your neck!  

I thought that was a pretty cool fact! I think that they add interest and character to something that already is pretty unique - they are like a part of each piece of china's story. 

What do you think?

Have a great week!


  1. Sometimes the back side of the plate is way more interesting than the front side. Thanks for the story of kiln spurs, I never knew what they were called but have often wondered how they can glaze the foot of the plate without having it stick to the kiln shelf (we always waxed our plate feet so the glaze wouldn't adhere to the shelf during firing). Backstamps are so beautiful - I have bought so many vintage plates just for the backstamps!

  2. I like the history of antique pieces and how they were made and it was a great idea to show how these hot-fired of excellent quality were manufactured.


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